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Taylor moves into top 10

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/08/2016

Ross Taylor has moved into the top 10 of the International Cricket Council's Test batting rankings.

The 32-year-old New Zealand right-hander has jumped five places to move to ninth after unbeaten knocks of 124 and 67 in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

The Black Caps won the Test by 254 runs to clinch the two-match series 2-0.

Taylor is now in Durban as New Zealand prepare for a two-Test series against South Africa which begins with the first Test at Kingsmead on Friday night (NZT).

Australian captain Steve Smith remains top of the rankings followed by England's Joe Root and Black Caps captain Kane Williamson.

Neil Wagner's efforts in Zimbabwe have seen him move up one place to 13th in the Test bowling rankings.

The New Zealand left-arm seamer ended the Zimbabwe series with 11 wickets for 187 runs, including a career best six for 41 in the first innings of the first Test.

England's James Anderson tops the rankings with India's Ravichandran Ashwin second and South Africa's Dale Steyn third.

Black Caps Trent Boult and Tim Southee are ranked ninth and 14 respectively.

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